NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said after the close of the market on Thursday that its fourth quarter 2013 revenues increased 23 percent year over year while its profit swung to a net loss.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2013, total revenues came in at $113.3 million, up from $92.4 million in the year-ago period and beating the consensus Wall Street estimate of $102.2 million.

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